California rice production up 6 percent

California rice production for 2007 is forecast at 42.6 million cwt., up 6 percent from the previous year. The yield forecast is 8,200 pounds per acre, up 3 percent from the Aug. 1 forecast, according to USDA/NASS.

Planted and harvested acreages are estimated at 523,000 and 520,000 acres, respectively. Harvest is expected to begin during September.

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